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Qtec
05-04-2011, 06:44 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden July 4, 2006
C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden
By MARK MAZZETTI

WASHINGTON, July 3 The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.

The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.

The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice "dead or alive."

The realignment reflects a view that Al Qaeda is no longer as hierarchical as it once was, intelligence officials said, and a growing concern about Qaeda-inspired groups that have begun carrying out attacks independent of Mr. bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Agency officials said that tracking Mr. bin Laden and his deputies remained a high priority, and that the decision to disband the unit was not a sign that the effort had slackened. Instead, the officials said, it reflects a belief that the agency can better deal with high-level threats by focusing on regional trends rather than on specific organizations or individuals.

"The efforts to find Osama bin Laden are as strong as ever," said Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, a C.I.A. spokeswoman. "This is an agile agency, and the decision was made to ensure greater reach and focus."

The decision to close the unit was first reported Monday by National Public Radio.

Michael Scheuer, a former senior C.I.A. official who was the first head of the unit, said the move reflected a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.

Mr. Scheuer said that view was mistaken.

"This will clearly denigrate our operations against Al Qaeda," he said. "These days at the agency, bin Laden and Al Qaeda appear to be treated merely as first among equals." </div></div>

Bush is right now on the phone apologising to the Saudi's for the the US killing one of the Royal Family.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_stuMq1GJnrA/SwGx3zn7dpI/AAAAAAAAEic/cL-W58cc3mw/s400/bush+saudi+king+3.jpg

Q........... link (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/washington/04intel.html)

LWW
05-04-2011, 11:31 AM
Osama was not a member of the royal family.

Qtec
05-05-2011, 08:46 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Osama was not a member of the royal family. </div></div>

Correct. What I should have said was 'The bin Laden family , also spelled bin Ladin, is a wealthy family <u>intimately connected with the innermost circles of the Saudi royal family.</u>

Still doesn't change the fact that the ,
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">C.I.A. Closed a s Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden on July 4, 2006 </div></div>

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